When Did Ride-Selling Become The Norm?

Posted in IndyCar on February 25, 2015 by Oilpressure

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Last week, I wrote about James Jakes being named to the second car at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Although I presented facts along with my own opinion regarding the racing prowess of James Jakes, I really considered it more of commentary on the practice of ride-buying.

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There Is Such A Thing As Bad Publicity

Posted in IndyCar on February 23, 2015 by Oilpressure

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The Kurt Busch saga has been going on for some time now. In case you’ve lived under a rock, the NASCAR driver has been involved in a legal controversy since he allegedly strangled his girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, and slammed her head into the wall of his motor coach at Dover International Speedway on September 26. Driscoll reportedly didn’t report the incident to Dover police until early November.

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That’s The Nature Of The Beast

Posted in IndyCar on February 20, 2015 by Oilpressure

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This past Monday morning, we got word that the second seat at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had been filled. Several drivers tested for the ride at Sebring and NOLA Motorsports Park. Who was the winner of the SPM Sweepstakes? That illustrious driver, James Jakes.

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Was It Worth The Wait?

Posted in IndyCar on February 18, 2015 by Oilpressure

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Yesterday was IndyCar Media Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The timing was great for me. I live in the south where snow removal equipment is kept to a minimum number. As a result, the few times a decade that we get a significant accumulation of snow and ice – the city is paralyzed. Yesterday was one of those days, as I got an e-mail early yesterday morning saying that our offices were closed. It worked for me – that freed me up to watch the entire media event streamed onto my television through Apple TV, while I laid in bed. God, I love technology.

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The Other Side Of Graham Rahal

Posted in IndyCar on February 13, 2015 by Oilpressure

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Over the years, I’ve been accused more than once of being unkind to Graham Rahal. His supporters claim that it’s people like me that have put way too much pressure on the young driver that won the first time he ever sat in an IndyCar at the age of nineteen. No offense to his supporters, but anyone accomplishing that feat would have pressure on them – no matter the age. There’s nowhere to go but down at that point.

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Those Annual Signs Of Spring

Posted in IndyCar on February 11, 2015 by Oilpressure

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During this time of year, it’s easy to get all caught up in the negativity that surrounds the sport of open-wheel racing. The long offseason just got longer. The sanctioning body continues to make fans scratch their collective heads with decisions and indecisions that cause one to wonder who’s minding the store. And drivers like Conor Daly continue to sit on the sidelines, while drivers that many of us have barely heard of seem to be the front-runners for the few remaining seats. Then there is a winter that seems to drag on at a slow pace. It’s not near as cold as last winter, but warm weather sure seems a long way away.

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Selfishly Rethinking My IMS Travel Plans

Posted in IndyCar on February 9, 2015 by Oilpressure

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The good thing about having a blog is that it reflects my opinion and my opinion only. Sometimes my opinion is in line with other fans. Other times it’s not. But it’s always important to remember that these are just my opinions on here and there will be some days where absolutely no one agrees with me. Today could be one of those days.

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